Click here.A big hello to everyone here at UsingEnglish.com, I'm new to the site & this is my first thread.
(Now, please excuse me for starting of with a bang on this one as I know we are not supposed to swear but I've read the rules & I do believe I am able to disguise the offending word to some degree.)
Something that's been playing on my mind quite a bit lately is the question of where & when profane words originated.
In particular, a word I'm most curious about is **shole.
Also, it dawned on me that once you split it, ie: "ass" & "hole", the two words used to make the obscenity have their own seperate meanings... so does this make it an idiom? Can an idiom be just one word consisting of two words put together?
Or does an idiom only ever apply to a sentace or phrase?
Mainly I am hoping to gain some insight as to the when, where & how one of our more colorful articulations came about, anything else one wishes to add I will consider a bonus.
Thank you in advance to anyone who can contribute to this discussion.
Hopefully there are people out there who are just as curious as I am.